Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 4°C

min temp: -1°C

Search

Councils in Suffolk and Essex look to tackle problem of adult inactivity

The first Simplyhealth Great East Run in Ipswich

Picture: ANDY ABBOTT

The first Simplyhealth Great East Run in Ipswich Picture: ANDY ABBOTT

Archant

Suffolk and Essex County Councils have been trying to improve the fitness and wellbeing of their residents with a range of community sports events.

Suffolk is vying for the title of the ‘Most Active County’ by assisting the good work of organisations that already get people into exercise, building partnerships as part of its London 2012 legacy.

Launching the scheme in 2012, former cabinet member for sport, culture, diversity heath and wellbeing, Kathy Gosling, said: “We know at the moment that a lot do not do any exercise so just starting with the gentlest exercise, even a walk around the block, can have great benefits.

“Suffolk is blessed with beautiful countryside and natural features, so go out and see it.

“We do not need an awful amount of infrastructure to do it, we need to help increase the awareness of how easy it is to become healthy.”

In June, Active Essex, the county’s sports partnership, launched a four year strategy to tackle issues around fitness and to change one million lives by getting the county active.

The scheme is backed by Essex County Council, Sport England, 12 local councils and two unitary authorities in Essex.

Launching the strategy, Azeem Akhtar, chairman of Active Essex, said: “There are many conditions associated with inactivity such as the increased risk of developing Type 2 diabetes, cancer and heart disease and we’ll be working with the residents of Greater Essex and our partners to change 1 million lives and get Essex Active.”

In the last few years Suffolk has seen some huge sporting events come to the county aimed at getting residents on their feet and active.

In 2012 the county hosted its first ever park run in Ipswich then in June 2014 Suffolk hosted the first stage of the inaugural Women’s Tour.

In 2015, 12,500 people in Lowestoft took part in Suffolk’s first Beat the Street programme and the Great Run was launched in Needham Market. Last year the Great East Swim celebrated its 10,000th participant and Beat the Street returned with 4,500 people in Sudbury and Great Cornard taking part. In September this year more than 2,400 runners in Ipswich took part in first Great East Run and the town’s Goodgym was launched, an initiative where runners stop off and do tasks for vulnerable residents.

Despite being a bright and sunny start to the day temperatures have begun to drop ahead of the arrival of the ‘Beast from the East’ next week.

Shoppers heading to Ipswich town centre today will be able to catch their first glimpse of the new HMV store in Sailmakers shopping centre.

Footballing legend Peter Shilton rubbed shoulders with an up-and-coming sportswoman who is aiming to emulate his achievements to play in front of thousands of fans for the senior England team.

Suffolk Coastal had been running the service for free but mounting financial pressures caused a change of heart – with a forecast £200,000 drop in county council recycling payments set to cause a big budget hole.

A bid by Mid Suffolk District Council to buy the vacant former NatWest bank next to the John Peel Centre has been accepted, the council has confirmed.

Reports of serious sex offences rose by more than a third across Suffolk last year and less than one in 10 were solved.

A familiar face is preparing to leave Woodbridge Town Council’s offices for good.

So-called ‘fat cat’ pay of some academy trust chiefs running schools in Suffolk has been called into question again amid calls for salaries to reflect performance.

Shocking CCTV footage has been released showing a drunk man narrowly miss being hit by a train in Essex.

A boy suffered minor injuries during a collision with a car outside a Suffolk primary school today.

Most read

Show Job Lists

Topic pages

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter
MyDate24 MyPhotos24